It's Kristin here!
FYI our giveaway ends tomorrow so hurray and enter (HERE).
Well, this was a long work week for me for some reason! I think our job is heavy- all that face to face intense talking. Coaxing phonemes, words, and memories out of people. Managing behaviors, family members, doctors (or principals :)), and documenting it all. And there's just no rest for the weary. You'll be doing it all again tomorrow.
So what do you guys do to avoid burnout? I haven't really been in the field that long yet, and already there are certain tasks that have become drudgery at times. Some of the things we do are so repetitious. Some of the patients are so tough! Some of the politics get so old.
Not to be Negative Nelly today, but sometimes you just need a boost! Sometimes I find that boost in a patient I love, or a conference, or a great patient breakthrough. Sometimes just a long weekend or a vacation. Sometimes there are little things in the workplace that help me- going to lunch instead of eating at my desk, taking a walk, hiding out on the hospital chapel or meditation room if I'm stressed, or getting some fresh air outside. I even workout at lunch once in a while. It's nice to have the PT gym right there!
Well, what do you guys do? Any fresh ideas?